Taking To The Skies This Summer? 13 Packing Tips To Keep You Comfy & Safe

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Once upon a time, flying felt as routine and painless (albeit delays and long TSA lines) as commuting to work. You leave early. You arrive. You check-in. You board the plane. But, oh, how 2020 turned the travel tables upside down. Even with the CDC’s more lenient 2022 guidelines, germ awareness is at an all time high — so we found 13 disinfecting products and protective travel accessories worth packing for all your summer adventures and beyond.

While we are not experts in the field of disease control (please look to the CDC for info), we are pretty nifty at online shopping. So we found some top-tier products to keep you comfortable and, most importantly, safe at the airport this summer (crosschecked with our previous expert-advised COVID travel coverage). And yes, this article was originally published in the midst of 2020, but we gave it a hefty 2022 touch-up — score some key items to pack for your next journey through the clouds, ahead.

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<h2>Brave New Look K95 Mask (Pack of 20)</h2><br>Although masks are no longer required on planes, the CDC "continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time," <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to its site" class="link ">according to its site</a>. Bringing more than one of these top-rated KN95's can help keep things clean, safe, and comfortable for the duration of your trip.<br><br><em>Shop</em><strong><em> <a href="https://www.bravenewlook.com/products/face-mask-multipack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brave New Look" class="link ">Brave New Look</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>Brave New Look</strong> Adult KN95 (Pack of 20), $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bravenewlook.com%2Fproducts%2Fface-mask-multipack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brave New Look" class="link ">Brave New Look</a>

Brave New Look K95 Mask (Pack of 20)


Although masks are no longer required on planes, the CDC "continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time," according to its site. Bringing more than one of these top-rated KN95's can help keep things clean, safe, and comfortable for the duration of your trip.

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Brave New Look Adult KN95 (Pack of 20), $, available at Brave New Look
<h2>Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger</h2><br>It's never safe to go anywhere without a charger, and this portable one is as lightweight as they come. Pack this for unexpected delays and layovers. Just in case. <br><br><em>Shop</em><strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3OISKFD" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link "> Amazon</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>Anker</strong> PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3boZauV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a>

Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger


It's never safe to go anywhere without a charger, and this portable one is as lightweight as they come. Pack this for unexpected delays and layovers. Just in case.

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Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Jane Iredale Hand Sanitizer</h2><br>Before AND after touching any surfaces while in transit, try to spritz your hands with sanitizer spray. <br><br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9541904/traveling-during-coronavirus-packing-list" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:According to Harry Oken, M.D." class="link ">According to Harry Oken, M.D.</a>, a practicing internist and medical advisory board member for Persona Nutrition, "It’s better to use antibacterial soap instead of gel hand sanitizers. However, if you don’t have the option for soap and water, you should use what you have available."<br><br>Shop <strong><em><a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&isjs=1&jv=15.2.4-stackpath&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.refinery29.com%2Fen-us%2Fwhat-to-bring-on-plane-covid%23slide-3&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fproduct_Hand%2BSanitizer_83722.htm&xs=1&xtz=240&xuuid=3349ae191041baaa9d6a840a191bffac&xjsf=other_click__contextmenu%20%5B0%5D" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dermstore" class="link ">Dermstore</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>Jane Iredale</strong> Hand Sanitizer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fproduct_Hand%2BSanitizer_83722.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DermStore" class="link ">DermStore</a>

Jane Iredale Hand Sanitizer


Before AND after touching any surfaces while in transit, try to spritz your hands with sanitizer spray.

According to Harry Oken, M.D., a practicing internist and medical advisory board member for Persona Nutrition, "It’s better to use antibacterial soap instead of gel hand sanitizers. However, if you don’t have the option for soap and water, you should use what you have available."

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Jane Iredale Hand Sanitizer, $, available at DermStore
<h2>Madewell The (Re)sourced Tote Bag<br></h2><br>Store all your carry-on essentials in this sturdy, lightweight tote bag to minimize your need to reach into other bags and touch multiple surfaces — it comes complete with multiple organizational pockets and a roomy interior and is crafted from durable polyester material.<br><br><em>Shop</em><strong><em> <a href="https://www.madewell.com/the-%28re%29sourced-tote-bag-99105950155.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link ">Madewell</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> The (Re)sourced Tote Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Fthe-%2528re%2529sourced-tote-bag-99105950155.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link ">Madewell</a>

Madewell The (Re)sourced Tote Bag


Store all your carry-on essentials in this sturdy, lightweight tote bag to minimize your need to reach into other bags and touch multiple surfaces — it comes complete with multiple organizational pockets and a roomy interior and is crafted from durable polyester material.

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Madewell The (Re)sourced Tote Bag, $, available at Madewell
<h2>Honest Company Alcohol Wipes (50 Count)</h2><br>Ease your mind and minimize germ spread by wiping off any in-airport surfaces or airplane seats before sitting down or setting down your travel bags.<br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.honest.com/home-care-products" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Honest Company" class="link ">Honest Company</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>The Honest Company</strong> Alcohol Wipes 50 Count, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.honest.com%2Fhome-care-products%2Falcohol-wipes-50-count%2FH0053W500000S.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Honest Company" class="link ">The Honest Company</a>

Honest Company Alcohol Wipes (50 Count)


Ease your mind and minimize germ spread by wiping off any in-airport surfaces or airplane seats before sitting down or setting down your travel bags.

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The Honest Company Alcohol Wipes 50 Count, $, available at The Honest Company
<h2>CarbonKlean SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner</h2><br>Phone screens can hold a ton of girt, grim, and excess makeup — this nifty carbon-based gadget kills bacteria, removes smudges, and more for up to 300 uses.<br><br>Shop <strong><em><a href="https://www.thegrommet.com/products/smartklear-carbon-smartphone-cleaner" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Grommet" class="link ">The Grommet</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>CarbonKlean</strong> SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegrommet.com%2Fproducts%2Fsmartklear-carbon-smartphone-cleaner" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Grommet" class="link ">The Grommet</a>

CarbonKlean SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner


Phone screens can hold a ton of girt, grim, and excess makeup — this nifty carbon-based gadget kills bacteria, removes smudges, and more for up to 300 uses.

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CarbonKlean SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner, $, available at The Grommet
<h2>Walmart Collapsible Food Storage Containers</h2><br>For the utmost safety precaution, it's probably best to eat out of your own containers — especially when traveling. These collapsible iterations make storing in-flight snacks easy.<br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Thin-Bins-Set-of-4-Square-Silicone-Collapsible-Food-Storage-Containers-BPA-Free-Microwave-Dishwasher-and-Freezer-Safe/286743958" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link ">Walmart</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Kitchen + Home</strong> Collapsible Food Storage Containers, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FThin-Bins-Set-of-4-Square-Silicone-Collapsible-Food-Storage-Containers-BPA-Free-Microwave-Dishwasher-and-Freezer-Safe%2F286743958" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link ">Walmart</a>

Walmart Collapsible Food Storage Containers


For the utmost safety precaution, it's probably best to eat out of your own containers — especially when traveling. These collapsible iterations make storing in-flight snacks easy.

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Kitchen + Home Collapsible Food Storage Containers, $, available at Walmart
<h2>Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bag</h2><br>These handy reusable bags are perfect for storing smaller portions of fruits and veggies.<br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3tZBuUz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>Stasher</strong> Silicone Reusable Storage Bag, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/39MKq91" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stasher" class="link ">Stasher</a>

Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bag


These handy reusable bags are perfect for storing smaller portions of fruits and veggies.

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Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bag, $, available at Stasher
<h2>Kleenex On-The-Go Facial Tissue</h2><br>For allergy-induced sneezes and quick coughs, make sure to do it into these supple, travel-sized tissues. <br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.target.com/p/kleenex-on-the-go-facial-tissue-8pk-10ct/-/A-12965163#lnk=sametab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link ">Target</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Kleenex</strong> Kleenex On-The-Go Facial Tissue, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fkleenex-on-the-go-facial-tissue-8pk-10ct%2F-%2FA-12965163%23lnk%3Dsametab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link ">Target</a>

Kleenex On-The-Go Facial Tissue


For allergy-induced sneezes and quick coughs, make sure to do it into these supple, travel-sized tissues.

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Kleenex Kleenex On-The-Go Facial Tissue, $, available at Target
<h2>Uncommon Goods Compact Packable Travel Neck Pillow</h2><br>Proper rest is a vital part of a strong immune system, so setting yourself up for supportive sleep on-the-fly is key. The best part about this packable pillow? It's both ultra-comfy and easy to wash. <br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/compact-packable-travel-neck-pillow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link ">Uncommon Goods</a></em></strong> <br><br><strong>Uncommon Goods</strong> Compact Packable Travel Neck Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Funcommongoods.com%2Fproduct%2Fcompact-packable-travel-neck-pillow%3F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link ">Uncommon Goods</a>

Uncommon Goods Compact Packable Travel Neck Pillow


Proper rest is a vital part of a strong immune system, so setting yourself up for supportive sleep on-the-fly is key. The best part about this packable pillow? It's both ultra-comfy and easy to wash.

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Uncommon Goods Compact Packable Travel Neck Pillow, $, available at Uncommon Goods
<h2>Sani-Key Touchless Antimicrobial Tool</h2><br>Touching doors and handles are already an <em>icky</em> endeavor — let this tool do the work for you. <br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/sani-key/5506539" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bed Bath & Beyond" class="link ">Bed Bath & Beyond</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>sani-key</strong> Sani-Key Anti-Microbial Door Opener, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bedbathandbeyond.com%2Fstore%2Fproduct%2Fsani-key%2F5506539" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bed Bath & Beyond" class="link ">Bed Bath & Beyond</a>

Sani-Key Touchless Antimicrobial Tool


Touching doors and handles are already an icky endeavor — let this tool do the work for you.

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sani-key Sani-Key Anti-Microbial Door Opener, $, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
<h2>Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup</h2><br>Skip buying a throwaway cup in-transit and leave your apartment with a personal, reusable, AND collapsible cup you can fill with your favorite hot beverage.<br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://food52.com/shop/products/6901-stojo-collapsible-coffee-cup-24-ounce" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Food52" class="link ">Food52</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Stojo</strong> Collapsible Travel Cup, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffood52.com%2Fshop%2Fproducts%2F6901-stojo-collapsible-coffee-cup-24-ounce" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Food52" class="link ">Food52</a>

Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup


Skip buying a throwaway cup in-transit and leave your apartment with a personal, reusable, AND collapsible cup you can fill with your favorite hot beverage.

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Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup, $, available at Food52
<h2>Airplane Pockets Tray Cover</h2><br>This simple accessory will organize your essentials while keeping them at hand and away from shared surfaces during your flight.<br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://amzn.to/3A2xk1S" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Airplane Pockets</strong> Airplane Pockets Tray Cover, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Airplane-Pockets-Tray-Cover-Compartments/dp/B07WCXP7CH/ref=as_li_ss_tl?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a>

Airplane Pockets Tray Cover


This simple accessory will organize your essentials while keeping them at hand and away from shared surfaces during your flight.

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Airplane Pockets Airplane Pockets Tray Cover, $, available at Amazon

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